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Zing back in vogue at Tang

GIVEN the dim economy these days, many fashion houses have either cut down the sizes of their shows or simply canceled them.

Shanghai's fashion babes had obviously been longing for a reunion for so long that when Shanghai Tang recently held its autumn-winter 2009 fashion show at The WaterHouse on South Bund, they flocked to the not-so-spacious venue.

Models, including the brand's new campaign star Sun Feifei, graced the runway to unveil its dynamic new collection, "Kaleidoscope," said to be inspired by the flamboyant, elaborate traditions of Peranakan, or Strait Chinese.

A myriad of Peranakan environmental elements have been incorporated by Joseph Li, Shanghai Tang women's head designer, into fabric design, such as bamboo, which is known as a symbol of modesty and resilience in China.

The bamboo motif has been beautifully embroidered on coats and jackets, while elegant blouses and qipao are modernly illustrated with the "underwater garden" pattern featuring the beloved fish.

The "Bauhaus" print was inspired by the cubism movement and features a symbol of longevity, the "shou" character, hidden throughout the print. The motif was also used in a tone on tone jacquard, and all-over sequins in the form of a qipao.

The climax of the show was marked by the presentation of the dazzling Shanghai Tang collection made with Crystallized Swarovski elements. The capsule collection features unconventional mini evening gowns adorned with ribbons, eyelets and crystals, made of feminine fabrics such as fine silk, chiffon and satin. They were worn with over-the-knee thigh boots to bring out a contrasted rock'n'roll-meets-femininity feel.


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